Youth Group Sues Utah Department of Transportation

May 4, 2011

An activist youth group fighting global warming is suing the Utah Department of Transportation because of what they call onerous requirements for a parade.

American Civil Liberties Union of Utah legal director Darcy Goddard says parade organizers are required to purchase costly liability insurance and secure waivers from every participant before it will be allowed to take place.

The parade organized by a group called iMatter is scheduled for Saturday in downtown Salt Lake City and will feature floats powered by human energy instead of fossil fuels. The group says between 50 and 100 people are expected to attend.

UDOT spokeswoman Tania Mashburn says the agency has not denied the permit and is trying to work with the group.

Mashburn says the insurance for such an event cannot be waived.

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